Save the Grizzly Bear from Extinction by Congress
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After illegally delisting the grizzly from the Endangered Species Act to issue hunting permits, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming lost a resulting lawsuit on September 24, 2018. The next day, Liz Cheney (R-Wy) introduced H.R. 6877, which directs the Secretary of the Interior to reissue another "final ruling" to remove the few remaining US brown bears from the Endangered Species Act.
The government cannot violate federal law once again to escape court rulings. H.R. 6877 will ensure grizzlies never recover and violates the 2016 Piikani Indian Nation Treaty of Solidarity. This first treaty signed in 152 years between Indian nations in Canada and the US was to save the grizzly for religious practices.
Rep. Cheney ignored clear precedent by attempting to delist an endangered species affecting hundreds of Indian nations. In United States v. Oregon (1981), the Supreme Court made clear Indian treaties take precedent over states' fish and game authority. Worse, the precedents for compliance have been detailed for decades in the Indian Affairs Manual, Part 56: Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Authority and Responsibilities.
H.R. 6877 violates the due process of Native Americans and the rule of law. It threatens religious freedom for over 700 American and Canadian Indian tribes.
Three states want to again violate federal law to issue hunting permits for an endangered species; causing grizzlies to never be reintroduced to California, despite being on the state flag since 1846. The last bear was shot in 1922. If these state fish and game budgets are so inadequate they must sell hunting tags for an endangered species, shouldn't Rep. Cheney instead have introduced an appropriations bill?
Bears don't understand borders and migrated to California for the salmon run for centuries. Between 1850 and 1920, grizzlies were eliminated from 95% of their range in the United States. Unregulated killing continued through the 1950’s and resulted in a further 52% decline between 1920 and 1970.
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